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September 6, 2014
1:00 - 8:00 pm
For over a decade, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival has featured a wealth of jazz greats, critically acclaimed up-and-coming artists and local favorites at one of the area's most spectacular venues. This all-day concert features world-class music, great food & beverages and a fireworks show over the Hudson River to end the day. The Jazz Festival is an event for all ages- and admission is still free!
Admission to the Jazz Festival is FREE. For more information, call (518) 434-2032.
Musical Lineup 2013
1:00 pm: Winner of the Downtown Albany Jazz Fest Competition
On Friday, Sept. 6, from 5-9 p.m., numerous downtown Albany establishments will feature selected regional and local bands competing for the prize of playing a set to open the Albany Riverfront JazzFest the following day. Attendees will vote for their favorite performance throughout the evening and the winner will be announced by midnight on the Downtown Albany BID's website,
2:15 pm: Sensemaya
Made up of some of the finest musicians in the Albany area, Sensemaya fuses hot Latin dance rhythms with the cool sophistication of jazz improvisation. While Sensemaya can cater to the intimate jazz listener, their true purpose is to get audiences out of their seats and on to the dance floor.
3:45 pm: The Arch Stanton Quartet
Capital Region powerhouse ensemble The Arch Stanton Quartet is putting a new spin on bop and post-bop jazz, with angular funk and Latin grooves. The band was voted "Best Local Jazz Band" in the 2013 Metroland reader's poll and recently returned from a U.S. Embassy-sponsored tour of Egypt, culminating in a performance at the Cairo Jazz Festival.
5:15 pm: Charlie Hunter
With a career spanning 20 years and nearly as many albums, guitarist Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. Hunter is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight-string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms.
7:00 pm: Oleta Adams
Internationally-acclaimed vocalist, pianist, composer and producer Oleta Adams has inspired legions of fans, been nominated for four Grammy awards and sold over 2.5 million records. Oleta draws deeply from her roots in gospel while crossing effortlessly into the realms of jazz, soul, R&B, urban, and popular music.